Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science
Chemical Engineering - Cooperative Education
Dr. Chelsea Monty
Dr. Edward Evans
Dr. Gang Cheng
Current resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) are rigid and create pressure points when used in contact with the human body. The current RTDs can also not be used in confined areas like the inside of a prosthetic. The research done for this paper explores the possibility of creating a soft fabric like RTD that can accurately measure temperature. This RTD could be used in medical devices, be placed in prosthetic legs, and be worn for a long period of time creating no discomfort for the user. Polyurethane scaffolds were created through an electrospinning process and multiwalled carbon nanotubes were adhered to the polymer fibers. Sensors were created from this material and the accuracy and hysteresis of the sensors were tested. The paper goes into great detail of the experimental method and the results from the testing.
Shaffer, Jordan M., "Construction of Polyurethane Fabric Nanocomposites for use in Resistance Temperature Detectors-Effect of Polyurethane Concentration, Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, and Oxidant" (2016). Honors Research Projects. 304.